Manly West Public School: Students injured in science experiment explosion Sydney’s northern beaches


11 students suffer burns and are rushed to hospital after an explosion during a science experiment gone wrong at a public school on Sydney’s northern beaches

  • An explosion has rocked Manly West Public School in Sydney’s northern beaches
  • It was caused by an experiment with sodium bicarbonate and methylated spirits
  • Eleven people, believed to be students, have suffered burns from the explosion

Eleven students have suffered burns when a science experiment sparked an explosion at a public school on Sydney’s northern beaches. 

The explosion occurred around 1:45pm at Manly West Public School in Balgowlah.

It’s understood a school science experiment involving sodium bicarbonate, sugar and methylated spirits caused the blast.

Students have suffered partial to superficial burns, with at least one injury deemed serious. 

An explosion has occurred at Manly West Public School (pictured) in Sydney’s Northern Beaches injuring 11 students

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said several road crews and a specialist medical team on board the CareFlight helicopter were responding to the incident.

More than a dozen paramedics and multiple fire and rescue crews are at the scene.

There are also five police units at the school. 

The situation is said to be ‘under control’.  

More to come

Students have suffered partial to superficial burns from the blast. Ambulance crews are at the scene (pictured)

Students have suffered partial to superficial burns from the blast. Ambulance crews are at the scene (pictured)



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